Welcome to our week-long giveaway that we are co-hosting with a fabulous group of bloggers from across the United States and Canada.
We are very excited to be giving away toxic-free goodies from Brooklyn (New York) based company Nine Naturals. Forward-thinking Nine Naturals make personal products which are smart and safe for moms and moms-to-be. They craft their products (which include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, deodorant, body wash, sunscreen and lip balm) using only natural and organic ingredients.
Though many of us are aware of the dangers of eating foods and foods sprayed with pesticides, drinking excessive coffee, drinking alcohol and smoking during pregnancy, we rarely think about the chemicals that we are applying topically via so many mainstream personal products.
**Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.**
Have you ever heard of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)?
Despite the fact that I am virtually obsessed with buying only organic produce and dairy products for my family, I didn’t know that this act hasn’t been updated since it was first passed in 1976.
Take a minute for that to sink in. Nineteen Seventy Six.
Try to think about how many ways our world has been changed for better and for worse since then. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that there were disposable contact lenses, compact discs or personal computers. You think maybe a few bazillion new toxic chemicals have been introduced into our world in that time, as well?!
**Disclaimer: I am writing this post on behalf on 1HourBreak to help them spread the word about their Indiegogo campaign launch and open up the discussion on stress and anxiety. I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on t.v. Please check with a medical professional of some description before trying any supplement. All opinions and experiences are my own.**
Did you know that stress is linked to the top five causes of death in the United States and that 95 million Americans suffer from stress-related illnesses every single week?
It’s summer and with that comes camp season. Kids playing in close quarters may lead to a common hard-to-treat problem: head lice. If your child brings home an extra louse house guest (or two) after camp, stay calm and know there are resources available to help.
Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice is an educational website created by head lice experts (and moms) for other moms, families and communities to learn about head lice—what they are, what they look like and how to treat them.
I have always been known as someone who is prepared for everything. In elementary school, I constantly carried around a purse everywhere I went with staples such as bandages, lip balm and the like. As a mom, I have diaper bag (even though my kids are out of diapers) stocked with a first aid kit, allergy medicines for my allergic son, toys, snacks, wipes and all kinds of other crazy little items that might come in handy. When we travel, we need another suitcase just for all of the ‘just in case’ medical stuff that I bring along. And, of course, there are few things missing from my home medicine cabinets.
I am always looking for easy, fun and healthy snacks to give my kids after school…and, quite honestly, for them to snack on on their way out the door in the morning if they haven’s had time to eat a real breakfast.
Making apple chips is surprisingly simple and, though I wish that I had one of those handy-dandy dehydrator gizmos, doesn’t require anything more complicated in the way of tools than an oven and a cookie sheet.
I like to cut the core the apples and cut them in circles, because I think they’re more fun to eat that way. If you’d rather cut them in slices, that could work just as well. I like to make a bunch at a time because, though this recipe couldn’t be more simple, it does take time and patience.